Those who know me and my work know I’m an insufferable optimist and am whole-heartedly dedicated to reversing the most intractably pessimistic aspect of our culture — how we feel about AGING.
But, even my cheerful demeanor blanches every morning when I open my Google-New-Alerts for the two most unfortunate words in the LTC lexicon — “Nursing Home.”
Here is a sample of today’s news:
Man Dies Trying To Escape Nursing Home
CHICAGO — A 66-year-old man died after falling from a second-story window at a Northwest Side nursing home Wednesday morning.
Kiril Kirilov, who may have suffered from mental disabilities, attempted to exit Harmony Nursing and Rehabilitation Center from a second floor window via bedsheets he tied together, according to an Albany Park District police officer.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
But wait — it gets worse:
Seniors Fear Losing Independence, Moving Into Nursing Home More Than DEATH
Senior citizens fear moving into a nursing home and losing their independence more than death, according to a new research study, “Aging in Place in America,” commissioned by Clarity and The EAR Foundation.
Tragic, and painfully true. I will write more about this terrible reality soon. Click here to read the full study posted at MyHearingHealth.com.
However, there was one gem out of more than a dozen articles today on abuse, neglect and fraud:
‘Home Again’ will aid seniors who wish to move out of nursing home
TERRE HAUTE — A new program called “Home Again” will provide rental assistance to seniors on Medicaid who desire to move from a nursing home back into a more independent and affordable community setting.
If you’re looking for another ray of hope, go to www.edenalt.org